Summer is on the horizon, and for those of you struggling to decide where you want to spend your precious vacation time, let me help. Cape Town in South Africa offers it all: pristine beaches, breathtaking mountains, vibrant neighbourhoods, a melting pot of cultures and cuisines, and open savannahs filled with an incredible array of wild animals.
A small boat pulls up alongside a stone jetty. It bobs up and down in the waves, as suitcases and passengers are precariously unloaded. A walk up a sloping grassy hill looms above them and they start regretting all the unnecessary items they packed in their heavy cases. Seagulls call and carelessly soar above the boat. They have no such things to weigh them down.
I visited Budapest for the first time last May, and it is the type of place I can see myself returning to again and again. Think cool museums, vintage shopping, excellent coffee and vibrant, alternative nightlife – exactly the escape I needed during last year’s exam period, and exactly the escape I am craving as I write this!
Southern California, or ‘SoCal’ as I call it, has always been my home. It has a very rare reputation of being a place where you can ski and surf in the same day. We all know the main sites; Disneyland, the Hollywood sign, PCH. But what about the local secrets? Here are some must-see spots for people who want to go off the beaten track in Southern California:
I have a massive family and we’re always travelling together, anywhere from a day trip to the beach to a two-week cruise. I’ve also been on a summer camp through Asia with fifty other students, so I have certainly been around the block with travelling in big groups. But, until spring break this year, when I travelled to Barcelona with nine of my friends, I never had to be a part of planning it. Here are some tips that we learned along the way for how to make the process as easy as possible!
One of the oldest cities in the United States, ‘The City on the Hill’ is home to MIT, Matt Damon many sites of historical interest. With so much to see, it can be easy to be overwhelmed and as exploring a new place can be an expensive business, here are my tips for the best things to do in Boston when travelling on a student budget.
You want to visit a new country, but you don’t speak the language? It may take twice as long to pick up groceries or make local friends, but here are some easy tricks to make the language barrier a fun hurdle rather than a frightening one.
After watching this delightful corner of London being splashed over the big screen in classic British films such as Notting Hill and Love Actually, I was keen to experience Notting Hill in the flesh. Travelling to London for the day with my most loyal travel companion, my Mother, my mind was playing over the endless scenes of Notting Hill streets that I’d seen a thousand times in film. Out of habit, I had done some research on the best spots in the area, however when I stepped out of Notting Hill Gate, warmly greeted by a wave of selfie-stick brandishing tourists, I decided to simply follow my nose, or rather, whichever path was least congested!
Pitlochry is a small and bustling town nestled in Highland Perthshire. It’s characterful and colourful, and the two hour drive is well worth it for a change of scene. What makes Pitlochry such a great destination, is that the surrounding area provides something to suit everyone’s interests.
I spent two months camping out in Australia a couple years ago. The continent was a muse. The mountains, the waves, the winds and the stars – these were the highlights. So simple, so universal, yet not to be found anywhere else. So stark were the clouds, and the perfume of the wilding flowers, the landscapes became impressionistic in the haziness of the heat, the colors of the flushing sun faintly rising to radiance. The kookaburras raucously laughed high above in the eucalyptus trees. I never felt the burden of time. It was an enveloping place of simplicity, beauty, chill and freedom. The best way to take it all in is on the road and in a tent.